First covered during our ID@Xbox Goes to GDC Part 1
article, upcoming FPS mash-up Bedlam
has shared further details on its own unique brand of nostalgia.
Players take on the role of a scientist, Heather, who finds herself transported into the world of a game from her youth, Starfire
. While the game presents itself as a first-person-shooter, we've learned that it isn't all about shooting. Players will make their way through various doppelgangers of games from ages past, not all of which are shooters, meaning that at times you'll be attacking levels without guns-a-blazin'. By ages past, we mean the 1980s and 1990s, aka the formative years of modern console gaming.Bedlam
is set to feature homages to shooters of course (it wouldn't be the 90's without Unreal
), but you'll also see re-imaginings of strategy games, scrolling shooters, and even an ode to Pac-Man
For those looking to flesh out the game's universe elsewhere, designer Christopher Brookmyre has also penned a series of novels that track along with the game, or the game tracks along with the novels. So if you're interested in delving deeper into this old-school universe, you can always pour a drink and curl up with a good book.
The developer RedBedlam
as a journey of self-discovery as much as it is an introspective into the FPS-genre's evolution. We'll find out when it releases for Xbox One on an as-yet-unknown date in the future.